Pittsburgh Pirates Season in Review

At the start of the season I posted my 17 things to watch for in 2009 (besides the losing streak). Around the All-Star break I did a mid-season update, and with the season now over, I figured I would go back and see how everything turned out this season. Here is the recap: 17. The performance of the 2008 draft class. The Pirates went all out, spending almost $10 M in the 2008 draft, including going over slot on several high impact...

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BUCCO Fans.com 2009 MVP: Andrew McCutchen

The final results of the MVP Tracker are posted, and Andrew McCutchen finished at the top of the rankings as the 2009 BUCCO Fans.com MVP for the Pittsburgh Pirates. McCutchen had a strong rookie season, hitting for a .286/.365/.471 line, with 12 homers and 22 stolen bases in 433 at-bats. McCutchen was battling it out with Garrett Jones for the majority of the second half of the season, but sealed the deal by hitting for a...

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What Pirates prospects are above average?

Baseball America released a list of minor league averages today, which is an excellent reference to check out if you want to put a minor leaguer’s stats in to perspective. Basically the list has the average stats for each league, along with the average age for the players at each level. The stats are very telling about the leagues. For example, the average batting average in the PCL is ten points higher than in the International...

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2009 Indianapolis Indians Season Recap

Indianapolis produced two of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ best players in the 2009 season: Andrew McCutchen and Garrett Jones. The first was expected, as Andrew McCutchen has been at, or near the top of the Pirates prospect lists since he was drafted. The second came as a surprise, with Jones signing as a minor league free agent, having never put up numbers like this at AAA, or the majors. The end of the season saw two more top...

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Response to the Murray Chass article

The article written by Murray Chass has been floating around the past few days on various sites, receiving mixed reviews. Some Pirates fans, who don’t like the direction the Pirates are going, see the article as validation of their complaints. Other Pirates fans, and some outlets who are neutral (MLB Trade Rumors), have disagreed with the contents of the article. Count me in with the latter. It’s not that I am saying...

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